Friendly cricket at its best sees the Brunswick loose to Roffey C.C. in a magnificent close game of cricket

Wednesday 11 July 2018
Brigthon Brunswick 260-5, Roffey CC 264-6

I am sorry to have to report a defeat for the Brunswick.

It is even more regrettable to have to report that the 10 men of Roffey C.C. overcame The Magnificent 9 of the Brunswick which included our stalwart Hon. Director of Cricket Mr. Rob Stewart, who retired from playing cricket several seasons ago! This season Rob has been forced to endure more comebacks than Frank Sinatra!!

What on earth is happening to the Brunswick playing membership which numbers over 60 playing members? Are we to believe that the rest of our many players were unavailable last Sunday, because of attending their places of worship to pray for the success of the England football team in their big match on Wednesday 11th July?

Now onto the Match Report.

Once again, the cricket gods provided wonderful weather for the match against Roffey Cricket Club, currently leading the Sussex Premier League.

The Brunswick won the toss and batted first in the agreed 35/35 over match, no bowler being allowed to bowl more than 7 overs.

Our openers Conor Golding and Captain Dan Phillips put on 35 runs in the five overs before Conor was out to a good catch in the slips for 16, which included 3-4s. Dan was joined by Preston Nomads fellow player Jason Robinson and these two took the total to 94 before Dan fell to a slower ball bowled by Will Tunley-Low, for a hard hitting 52 which included 11-4s.

Three more wickets fell cheaply and at 121-5 Brunswick were in serious trouble. However, Haywards Heath's player Tashaffi Shams offered solid support to Jason Robinson and this pair took the total for the Brunswick to 260 for 5 off our 35 overs. Their unbroken stand of 139 runs saw Tashaffi finish three short of an excellent 50 on 47 not out, which included 8-4s. But Jason was the star of the Brunswick innings scoring a magnificent maiden hundred for the Brunswick and finishing on 113 not out. His innings included 17-4s and 3-6s.

When Roffey batted, Brunswick's opening batsmen Conor Golding and Dan Phillips also opened the bowling!

Conor was quickly into his stride capturing the first 3 wickets and with Dan Phillips claiming another, Roffey appeared to be on the rack slumping to 71 for 4. However, Roffey Captain Max Rivers batting at No. 6 clearly had a different opinion of the outcome. He took the attack to the Brunswick bowlers making 117 not out which included 17-4s and 3-6s. Supported by his brother Theo Rivers, who made a quick fire 35 which included 6-4s, Max took the score to 251 with Roffey requiring 10 off the last over to win. Max was unfazed by the situation. With Safi Waheed bowling the last over, he hit his first ball for 6, the second for 4, no runs off the 3rd ball and 4 off the 4th. ball. Roffey reached its target scoring 264- for 6.

Despite the major disadvantage of having only 7 fielders Brunswick made Roffey work hard for their magnificent victory winning by 3 wickets with only two balls left to go.

A great game of friendly, traditional cricket played on a wonderful sunny afternoon supported by an excellent Roffey tea.

What more can one ask of cricket in this day and age?

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